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We welcome Bruce Ballantine-Jones

This week, starting the 24th of February, we welcome Bruce Ballantine-Jones as Acting Rector to our Parish. Our former Rector, Nigel Fortescue, will be taking up his new role in St Ives in the same week. Nigel’s commencement service is scheduled for 7:30pm on Tuesday the 25th of February in St Ives.

Bruce lives with his wife, Heather, north of Wollongong and has a great history in the Sydney Diocese. Rector for many years in Jannali (in The Shire), Bruce has written about the history of our Diocese from an insider’s perspective.

Please pray for Bruce and the rest of the office staff as we journey together in these coming months. 

Praying for James and others

James Massey has been a member of our church for many years, attending the Sunday@6 service and married to Erin (who are currently our poster couple in our ‘Marriage’ booklet which is handed to couples planning to wed at St Peter’s).

In January this year James took on the role of Children’s and Youth Worker at St Peter’s Campbelltown. You may remember that we were seeking funds in 2019 to employ a Youth and Children’s Minister to oversee the important ministry to people under 18. With staffing changes occurring late in 2019, we modified our requirement temporarily. James, who was already serving voluntarily at Friday Night Youth and managing our SRE program in two schools, has taken up a lot more responsibilities in the Youth and Children’s area for this year. He is employed to a higher responsibility in a few key areas of our Youth and Children’s program.

Please pray for James as he juggles work here as well as 2 days at a local school as Chaplin and one day a week finalising his studies in theology. I want to also mention Carol Dwalibi, Caitlin Rudder, Grace Dwalibi, Siva Solofoni and Kat Bullen for their leadership in children’s ministry each week.

A Grand Month (AGM)

The month of March is a grand one this year. We begin on the 1st of March with former Archbishop Peter Jensen coming to preach at our 8am and 10am services. 

On the 15th we have our combined Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 12:30 in the church. The AGM is a time to report on the year that has been with thanks and praise to God and to make decisions for the year ahead. Wardens and Parish Council members will be elected or re-elected. We shall look at our financial position and set direction for 2020/21.

Our Big Day In is on the 21st of March. Kanishka Raffel will be speaking to us from 2 Peter over three talks and we will be enjoying a grand day of fun, fellowship and food. See below for details and a link to register. This is a whole church event with activities for all ages.

The day after, Simon Manchester will be preaching in our St Peter’s church services. This will be a big weekend! It will be a grand month.

See you in church,

Simon Twist
Assistant Minister

Bookstall

The following are books read and highly recommended by the church staff. You can order these books from a number of online stores including The Wandering BooksellerKoorong.com.auBookDepository.comAmazon.com.au

Exploring faith

  • The Reason for God (Tim Keller)
  • The Christ Files (John Dickson)
  • A Sneaking Suspicion (John Dickson)
  • A Fresh Start (John Chapman)
  • The Essential Jesus (available from the info table at church)
  • Mere Christianity (C.S Lewis)
  • The Holy Bible (downloading YouVersion on your smartphone and reading the NIV or ESV is recommended)

Work on your faith

  • Knowing God (J.I Packer)
  • God’s Big Picture (Vaughan Roberts)
  • Knots Untied (J.C Ryle)
  • A Praying Life (Paul Millar)
  • The Cross of Christ (John Stott)
  • Guidance and the Voice of God (Philip Jensen and Tony Payne)
  • The Trellis and the Vine (Colin Marshall and Tony Payne)

Help teaching young people

  • The Big Picture Story Bible (David Helm)
  • Exploring the Bible – a bible reading plan for kids (David Murray)
  • TheOlogy (Marty Machowski)
  • Case for Christ for Kids (Lee Strobel)
  • Age of Opportunity (Paul Tripp)

Latest sermon message

The Bible is the Word of God (2 Peter 1:5-21)

Simon TwistSimon Twist, January 12, 2020
Part of the What we still believe (Summer 2020) series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

In our series on things we still believe in 2020, Simon examines why the bible is the most important book in the world and why we trust it.

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About Simon Twist: Simon has been an Assistant Minister at Campbelltown Anglican Churches since the beginning of 2013.
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2 Peter 1:5–21 (Listen)

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. 10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. 11 For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

(ESV)

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The Muster

The Muster is an event for the men of Campbelltown Anglican Churches to set or reset their strength in the Lord together. The inaugural Muster in 2019 will begin with a fireside chat and meal. Arrive when you can from your duties of the week and we’ll enjoy a stew and diy damper. We’ll arise early on Saturday morning for a devotion, breakfast, some bible talks and a workshop. There will be plenty of time to chat and chill. The whole event will conclude after lunch on Saturday in order to return home and get ready for church the next day.

Tickets for The 2019 Muster are now closed. Please contact the church office for more details.

Easter weekend

The Greatest Weekend Ever - Easter 2019

The Easter weekend in 2019 falls on the 19th to the 21st of April. Come and reflect on the amazing love that our God has for the world in sending Christ to save sinners.
Good Friday at 8am, 9:30am (Airds) and 10am.
Saturday evening 7:30pm
Sunday morning 6am dawn service with Macarthur Indigenous Church. All other service times as per normal of a Sunday.

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Maturing in Jesus - a vision of Campbelltown Angllican Churches

PTC at Campbelltown Anglican ChurchesSign up now to get a better handle of the bible. Campbelltown Anglican Churches will be running a workshop following the “Introduction to the Bible” study material as part of the Preliminary Theology Certificate (PTC). Registration officially closes on the 27th August, 2018 but this is flexible.

Register through the Moore Distance website below to receive web access and study material.

Enter Simon Twist as the coordinator on the rego form.

Let Simon know you are doing the course and we’ll meet on Sunday afternoons to learn together. We’ll work out a good time once we know who’s registered or interested.

Please talk to Simon for more details or check out and register at https://www.moore.edu.au/moore-distance/about-ptc/

Most ages and stages of life welcome. High School students would greatly benefit from this. If you are retired, there’s no better time to upskill yourself for Christian ministry.